Conductor Position Announcement

The Coastal Communities Concert Band Foundation (CCCBF) is seeking a talented and inspiring Conductor and Music Director to lead our band. This information is also available as a PDF announcement.

About the Band:
The Coastal Communities Concert Band (, based in Encinitas, California, is an award-winning symphonic band of more than 70 musicians who live throughout San Diego County. CCCBand, is supported and operated by the Coastal Communities Concert Band Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 corporation and is also under the auspices of MiraCosta College.

Our mission is to provide members with the opportunity for musical expression at the highest levels of performance in a friendly and welcoming environment, to promote music education in the public schools, provide financial support to charitable organization partners, and to preserve and advance the rich heritage of community bands and band music in America.

Founded in 1983 by thirteen dedicated musicians, and now in our 41st year, CCCBand is recognized as one of the premier community bands in the nation. The band received the 1998 Sudler Silver Scroll Award from The John Philip Sousa Foundation and a Pacific Southwest Region Emmy Award in 2008. The band has performed internationally in Europe and at American Bandmasters Association Conventions in Hawaii and San Diego. We’ve welcomed renowned guest conductors, including the late Frederick Fennell, Sammy Nestico, and Warren Barker, and featured soloists such as Ron Romm, trumpet; Norman Brentley, flute; and Harry Watters, trombone. We have shared concerts with community bands from Le Croix, France and Omiya City, Japan. Our music commissions, “In the Miller Mood” and “Big Band Signatures,” have become band favorites across the country.

About the Position:
The CCCBand Conductor and Music Director will be an independent contractor of CCCBF and will take an active role in our organization:
• Attend monthly board meetings as a non-voting advisor to the CCCBF Board of Directors.
• Participate in the programming and marketing committees (concert theme, soloists, music selection, etc.).
• Conduct weekly rehearsals, often including holidays (Mondays, 7-9:30 pm), and performances, with enthusiasm and expertise.
• Travel with the band every few years.
• Program about 6-8 concerts per year to engage, entertain, retain and grow our audience and to challenge and satisfy our band members.
• Conduct Salute to Young Musicians Concert.
    – visit/conduct participating high school ensembles to help promote program
    – participate in student auditions for scholarships
• Identify and work with outstanding guest artists, composers, and conductors to enhance the band’s artistic profile and diversity of programming.
• Research and select new music ($2,500 annual budget).
• Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment for all band members.
• Attend band social events
• Engage with diverse audiences to create meaningful connections through music.
• Participate in community outreach – attend annual CCCBF donor reception, meet with donors as needed, and represent the band at public events and media engagements.

• Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience
• Minimum 10 years’ experience directing and conducting an advanced band or wind ensemble
• Extensive knowledge of diverse musical genres and styles, historic through modern band literature, including big band jazz, and works by women and ethnically diverse composers and arrangers
• Experience performing and conducting historic through modern band literature, including big band jazz, and works by women and ethnically diverse composers and arrangers
• Strong musicianship and conducting skills
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills
• Ability to motivate and inspire musicians, even-tempered and good sense of humor
• Passion for community engagement and music education

We offer a stipend of up to $13,600 per year.

To Apply:
Please submit the following to
• Your resume
• Cover letter outlining your musical background and vision for the band
• Optional: links to video recordings of recent performances showcasing your conducting style and repertoire.
• Any additional supporting materials that demonstrate your qualifications and vision
• Three references

Applications are due by August 30, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with the Band’s search committee, virtually or in person. Finalists will be invited to program a concert, prepare the band for the concert, and conduct the concert performance.

The CCCBF is committed to diversity and inclusivity and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or immigration status.